Review: Prisoner of Night and Fog

17668473Author: Anne Blankman

Age: 13 and up

Genre: Historical Fiction/Mystery

Released: 2014

Click here to read summary from Amazon.

Sequel: Conspiracy of Blood and Smoke

First off, the cover is so perfect. Darling girl with a mysterious vibe!! My blood is rushing already with the anticipation…what is she running from??

I love reading books from other perspectives. In this book we read from the perspective of a young girl in Adolf Hitler’s inner circle. Many of her closest friends are Nazis. Of course, this changed through out the course of the novel as she began to realize life is not a simple as it seems. Secrets and hidden agendas lie all around her. She realizes her true friends and love can come from the most unlikely places.

Characters: It was interesting to read about Hitler from an admiring eye. Most definitely a change from normal. The main character is brave and darling. The Jewish reporter, who is the romantic figure, is adorable along with typical reporter gumption.

Why I want to read the sequel: Prisoner of Night and Fog happens before WWII. I want to know what happens during the war. Also, I need to see how the romance ends!

Content Advisory:

Language: 2/3 I honestly do not recall any, so if there was any…it was mild.

Sexual:  2 kissing perhaps. Girls argue about being loved by some psychopath.

Viloence: 4 May contain spoilers, highlight to read: Main character is beat-up badly by a supporting character who has problems. Early on in the book, Nazi boys beat-up a Jew. Lots of fights between political parties and gunfire.

Similar Books to enjoy: Code Name Verity and The Book Thief

Other Books by Author: Traitor Angels comes out May 2016.

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National Young Readers Week

National Young Readers Day

Hello lovely readers!!

As some of you may know Monday was National Young Readers Day and this whole week is National Young Readers week, which is an annual event started in1989 by the The Book-It Program and the Center for the Book at the Library of Congress.  The focus of these events is to support youngsters that are already reading to continue, to  encourage those who have not experienced the magic that stories bring, and to build awareness around the importance of childhood literacy.

casper mattress

In light of this celebration we were asked by the awesome folks over at the Casper mattress makers to talk about the role of bedtime stories played and what some of our favorites. (before I go to far, I just want to say that you can call Casper and get a bedtime story read to you… no kidding)

It kinda goes without saying that literature and reading are huge parts of our lives, but for all three of us, having our noses in books goes way back.  We three were blessed to have mommies that were more than happy to satisfy our wondering minds and feed our imaginations.  Of course fairy tales were a staple, among our favorites are Cinderella (especially the folk-y versions) and Sleeping Beauty, and of course Peter Pan!  JB has a very Disney fan filled family so she got lots of Mickey Mouse!

A staple of bedtime was Little Golden Books. Every time is see that shiny gold spine I get reminiscent… Used to you could only find them at garage sales or Goodwill but now World Market carries them!  I think B&N as well!  I remember one in particular, The Saggy Baggy Elephant, was really cute.  Part humorous bedtime (or anytime!) story, part fable.little golden saggy baggy elephantSpeaking of fables, I love, and will read to my children, folk tales and fables from other cultures.  I have a few old books of different international children’s tales and I love reading them even now.  From this point I wan to squee a little bit about this film I just saw…  Ah! It’s beautiful!  Ok, it’s called Song of the Sea and it is basically a beautifully illustrated book come to life. The story is about a little girl who learns she is a selkie (a Scottish/Irish lore creature that is a girl on land and, when wearing her seal coat, transforms into a seal when in the sea) and is seeking her mother and there’s magic and happiness… and i don’t want to say too much but it’s beautiful…

A partner of National Young Readers Week is One More Story.  OMS brings new and old children’s books to life with full-out narration, with voices and sound effects and musically scored and everything!  They are available for device access and feature read-a-long and click-to-hear word identification options.  They are offering a free book a day until Friday!

Well that’s it for today!!   I hope you are having a fabulous week wherever you are!
If this made you think of any favorite books from your childhood we’d love to hear about them!
National young readers week

The lovely graphic up top was borrowed from fellow book blogger Erin over at The Hardcover Lover who also posted about her childhood reading!

Lunar Ball (Winter Release Party)

Calling all Lunartics!

As many of you have read on past posts, I (Rachel) am working at the library now and helping out with some events. Since Washington state is such a long ways away, us Louisiana TLC fans cannot make it to the Lunar Ball Marissa Meyer is throwing. Our library is throwing our own Lunar Ball. All local fans are invited! Brush up on your Lunar Trivia, don your fancy Ball Gown, and come for a fun time!

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Review: Jackaby

20312462Author: William Ritter

Age: 12 and up

Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy

Released: 2014

Click here to read summary from Amazon.

Jackaby does have a sequel I can’t wait to read called Beastly Bones.

It was the last phrase of the summary that grabbed my attention.

Doctor Who meets Sherlock in a debut novel, the first in a series, brimming with cheeky humor and a dose of the macabre.

Doctor Who meets Sherlock??? Yes please!! I loved seeing how the author combined these two ideas in old world America. It pulled from old tales such as screaming banshees and fairies too.

Characters:

Some of the British fans may be disappointed when they just read “old world America”, which is where our story takes place. Hold on British fans, the “companion” is a spunky British girl…Abigail Rook is very Clara Oswald-ish!

One of my favorite secondary characters in this novel, is the resident ghost of Jackaby’s eccentric home. She added a lot of wit and charm to the novel.

Plot:

The story line itself has a somewhat predictable villain, but overall very enjoyable. I loved seeing how Sherlock and Dr. Who quirks were combined to make a delightful read. I feel like adding the fantasy creatures made it different enough from the two TV shows to keep it interesting.

There is some slight romance between Abigail Rook and an understanding detective from the police force. I hope to see this play out in the sequel!

Content Advisory:

Language: 2 Not a lot in this book that I remember.

Sexual: 1 I don’t remember if there was a kiss, but there was a crush going on!

Violence: 3 Good guys fight bad guys!

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Catching up with the Girls

Happy Fall you guys!!!

Only two months left until next year! canyoubelieveit?!?   Then begins a whole new year of new and wonderful things, all the new books and festivals and events and new people and old friends and great adventures!  But this year isn’t over yet and we’ve already begun to have new adventures and do all sorts of grown-up things!

JB is getting into the groove at her new job (not to mention being the cutest fur-mommie ever!)

Jules just finished her first week of her first class of her Masters program and her second week of a new job!

To add to the madness Jules has also decided to finish the Hunger Games series!

Rachel is hard at work being the youth activities coordinator at her library.  For Halloween she threw really awesome event for all the lovely patrons, readers, kids, and families.

Unfortunately these things are super time drains,

*but we haven’t forgotten about you love readers!*

we still love y’all 🙂

We promise that along with the new friends and great adventures, the new year will bring a refreshed Girls in Plaid.  On that note if you have any ideas you want us to blog about, or cool activities, or authors, or challenges for us, just let us know!  Comment her or tweet us on the Twitter or find us on the Instagram!

Hope everyone had a wonderful (and safe) Halloween!  We would love to see yalls costumes and candy hauls! Tag us in your Insta pics!  We had tons of fun dressing up to get in on the fun and help Rae out with the library bash.  Dressed as a gypsy, I painted faces, which is super fun, but harder than it sounds when said face keeps wiggling and suddenly you have to make that dragon’s wings be somewhere you didn’t intend for them to be, or convince them that all the cool spiders have a random leg with extra joints…  JB was part of the really fantastic haunted maze that Rae set up.  She was a Weeping Angel from the Dr Who series. She did a great job of being super creepy, even though i totally knew it was her!  Honestly, I haven’t done a haunted anything in years and I went through with our friend Paige and a mom and her son (who was maybe 8).  Nobody wanted to go first, so we elected him because he had a sword… Regardless we were in for surprises and screams.  At least now I know I can survive an elevated heart rate… O.o   But getting to be around kids having fun is so cool.

the gypsy, the weeping angel, and the princess (with a Pascal)

the gypsy, the weeping angel, and the princess (with a Pascal)

our very own weeping angel!

our very own weeping angel!

Anyway we love you guys